PORTLAND – A woman whose scheduled day to die is less than two weeks away does not appear to be changing her mind despite pleas from numerous concerned citizens across the country—including those who are fighting terminal diseases themselves.
“As my time draws closer, I hope you will all take up my request to carry on this work, and support [my family and friends] as they carry on my legacy,” 29-year-old Brittany Maynard wrote in a new message to followers. “Dan and I have given up our dreams of having a family. My mother is soon to lose her only child. We can all agree that no parent should bury their child.”
As previously reported, Maynard announced earlier this month that she will end her life on November 1st unless she decides “to change [her] mind about taking the medication [to hasten her death].”
On New Year’s Day this year, Maynard was diagnosed with Astrocytoma and underwent brain surgery days later to help stop the cancerous tumor from growing. She was given ten years to live.
In April, Maynard learned that the cancer had progressed to Glioblastoma multiforme, and was more aggressive than ever. She was advised that she instead had six months to live, and was informed about various treatment possibilities. She has already outlived her six-month prognosis.
Maynard explained in a recent op-ed for CNN said that she rejected the treatment options because they would impact her “quality of life,” and also decided not to pursue hospice care because she did not want her family to watch her suffer.
Written by Heather Clark
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